BYU swim and dive teams announce new commits

BYU’s swim and dive teams took to social media to announce eight athletes that have committed to the University’s aquatic programs.

Rachel Ballard of Littleton, CO, says she’s excited to join the team because of the “great coaching staff and team atmosphere.” She also commented that “BYU is academically and spiritually a good fit…”.

Rachel was a finalist in the 100 and 50 free at the Colorado LSC 13&O LC Championships.

Kara Martinson of Waxhaw, NC, says she’s “thrilled to verbally commit to the BYU swim and dive team” and “can’t wait to continue [her] academic and athletic career at BYU.”

Kara was a finalist in the 100 and 50 free at the NCHSAA 4A Western Regionals and Southern Carolina 4A Conference Championship, respectively.

Abril Arias of Chula Vista, CA, said she “can’t wait to start this new journey.” She also thanks her family, friends, and coaches who have helped her reach this goal.

Abril competed in the 200 IM at the Campeonato Nacional De Invierno Curso Corto in Zapopan, Mexico.

Joshua Reed of Newcastle, AUS, will also be joining the team. He was a finalist in the 100 free at the HP Australian Age Championships with a time of 54.48.

Aubryn Ordyna of Mesa, AZ, will be joining the diving team.

Bryce Broadhead of Lehi, UT, wants to thank his wonderful parents and family for supporting him throughout the years. Bryce said he “can’t wait to be part of this great university.”

Bryce was a finalist in the 100 and 200 back with times of 59.06 and 2:11.39 and the 100 free with a time of 54.93 at the Utah Long Course Championships.

Carson Hamblin of Meza, AZ, commented that he “felt [BYU] was the right fit academically with everything [he] needed to further [his] swimming career.”

Carson was a finalist in the 400 IM, 200 fly, and 200 breast at the Arizona Short Course Senior Open Championships.

Russel Haws of American Fork, UT, will join the diving team. Russell has competed at the USA Diving Open Championship.

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